Interpretive Guide to the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, 2nd Edition


by James P. Choca and Eric Van Denburg


published by APA Books
ISBN 1557983836




This book is designed to help mental health professionals, particularly clinical psychologists, understand and interpret the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI), a 175-item, true-false, self-report psychological inventory. The MCMI contains scales clustered into three groups that measure personality style, severe personality patterns, and clinical syndromes. Now updated to include the third version (MCMI-lII), this second edition discusses the work done with the two previous versions of the test as well (MCMI-I and MCMI-ll).

In the first part of the book, the design, development, and operating characteristics of the MCMI are discussed, along with the basics of personality style theory, the items that compose each of the clinical scales, the process of standardization, the MCMI's statistical properties, and possible effects of extraneous variables on test validity.

The second part of the book examines the more pragmatic issues of clinical use. Choca and Van Denburg discuss how the MCMI can be used to assess personality styles, personality disorders, and clinical syndromes. Other topics discussed include the use of the MCMI in conjunction with other psychological tests and the MCMI as an aid to treatment planning and psychotherapy. Five case reports taken from the authors' practice demonstrate the MCMI's practical application.


Foreword to the First Edition

Chapter 1
Overview of the MCMI

Chapter 2
Personality Theory

Chapter 3
Psychometric Characteristics

Chapter 4
Effect of Individual Variables

Chapter 5
Invalidity and Defensiveness

Chapter 6
Interpreting Personality Styles

Chapter 7
Assessment of Psychopathology

Chapter 8
The MCMI and Other Psychological Instruments

Chapter 9
Case Reports

Chapter 10
Psychotherapy and the MCMI



James P. Choca, PhD, is chief of the Psychology Service at Lakeside Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an associate professor in the Psychology Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Choca serves as a diagnostic consultant in several school districts in the Chicago metropolitan area and as an attending psychologist in three private hospitals. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and has given presentations on different aspects of the MCMI. His interest in the use of computers in psychology also has led to articles and presentations, as well as to the development of two commercially available programs: one to administer the Category Test of the Halstead Reitan Battery and one to assist with the administration and scoring of the Rorschach Inkblot Test.

Eric Van Denburg, PhD, is director of Psychology Training at Lakeside VA and is also responsible for directing the Mental Health Clinic at that facility. In addition, he is an assistant professor in the Psychology Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School. Dr Van Denburg has a private practice in psychotherapy and psychological testing in Chicago. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University in 1984, did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center from 1984 to 1985, and completed a 2-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1985 to 1987. Published articles and book chapters span topics such as psychological assessment, hypnosis, and psychotherapy. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; American Journal of Psychotherapy; Imagination, Cognition and Personality; American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis; and Psychotherapy. He is married and the proud father of a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.





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